The Pirate

Frank E. Schoonover (1877–1972)


Oil on canvas

Sewell C. Biggs bequest; 2004.411

A contemporary of N. C. Wyeth (1882–1945) and a student of Howard Pyle (1853–1911), Frank Schoonover was among the nation’s most prolific illustration artists. Like Pyle, Schoonover established a studio in Delaware and taught art. Schoonover also followed Pyle’s advice and travelled extensively to record first-hand the subjects of his well-known illustrations of pirates, indigenous populations, and colonial personalities.